Friday, March 16, 2007
The Ye'kwana Indians of venezuela
Here are some facts about the Ye'kwana tribe, also known as the Maquiritare .
*The Ye'kwana number about 7000.They predominantly live near the headwaters of the mighty Orinoco River. Others are scattered throughout the Amazon jungle in approximately 45 villages. Some are located as far south as Brazil and as far east as the Paragua River which is located in the Venezuelan state of Bolivar.
* The Ye'kwana boat paddles and most of their handcrafts are made using only a machete.
* The Ye'kwana Indians are best known for their excellent craftsmanship of dug out canoes, which can be as long as 14 meters!(45 feet) Their beautiful handwoven and stained baskets made from jungle vine are known all over the Americas.
* The New Testament and some of the Old Testament are available in their language, thanks to the hard work of New Tribe Missionaries.
* The Yadiwaru fork was used years ago for hand to hand combat. Then two points were designed to put out the eyes of the opponent.
* The small carved animal benches are used to sit on around their fires and children love to play on them.